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Yet, with Manchester United and Chelsea far from flawless either and the current City squad possessing new realms of depth, they should saunter to the title.
"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well", said Hughton.
"For as long as the league has the format, I'll always be the first person".
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is looking for new players but, as Chelsea and Leicester showed in the past two campaigns, there are benefits to having a consistent line-up. United also earned 10, with Arsenal on nine.
Guardiola hopes to have put his goalkeeping problems to bed as well, having reacted to Claudio Bravo's travails by bringing in Brazil goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica in a £35 million deal.
Mourinho is convinced his side can do it and he took a swipe at the Blues and Liverpool by saying they will find it tougher now they are back in Europe. They've got at least five players - Sane, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus, De Bruyne - capable of scoring in double digits, but with some questions regarding the center-forward position, the key man is likely to be De Bruyne. "But to have a better position in the table need to win more matches than last season". The 24 names that featured for the Blues included the exiled Costa and departing Loic Remy, as well as academy youngsters Andreas Christensen, Charly Musonda Jr., Jeremie Boga and Fikayo Tomori, who can list one Premier League appearance between them.
The focus may have been on Manchester last season, but the title went to the capital and the run-in was a battle between two London clubs.
It was the inevitable reaction to feeble title challenges that saw City finish 15 points behind the victorious Chelsea side in third place and United drift over the line nine points further adrift.
"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time". Away, that record drops to 39 scored and 17 conceded.
In fact, only 16 players now at Chelsea have started a Premier League match in their careers - the joint-lowest total of any Blues squad at the beginning of a season in the Roman Abramovich era.
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Guardiola has tested out a three-man defence in pre-season, with Stones lining up alongside Nicolas Otamendi and captain Vincent Kompany, whose ability to remain fit will once again be under scrutiny.
"With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League". Spurs (nine) and United (12) came out best in that category. We're all fighting for our places anyway. Mourinho believes the French star can go to another level in attack this season. "If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he added. That tally was only bettered by Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku.
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Arsenal weren't celebrating for long because just 160 seconds later, Leicester had equalised through Shinji Okazaki . Albrighton crossed for Jamie Vardy to put Leicester ahead after Xhaka had gifted the ball straight to him.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic got 17 as part of 28 in all competitions before his campaign was ended early by a knee ligament injury. Mourinho has won the domestic league title at the end of his second year in each of his five major management jobs.
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USA trading volume has been low with summer setting in and Congress expected to be in recess until September 5. Mounting tensions lifted U.S. defense stocks. "Geopolitics splashed cold water on the markets", said J.